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Champions League: 100 appearances club (1)

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This season's Champions League knockout stages got underway in some style last night with Barcelona's efficient 2-0 victory over Manchester City, which featured another masterful midfield display from Spanish playmaker supreme.

Xavi is firmly established as one of the Champions League's most consistent performers on a long-term basis and has an appearance record to match, with last night's showing against City his 138th in Europe's premier club competition.

Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic was also at his frighteningly fantastic best on Tuesday night, one of the 18 players who have reached three figures for Champions League appearances.

Here GMS profiles those star names who have been mainstays of the biggest and brightest nights on the European football calendar over the past two decades, with a change in record holder surely imminent.

Click ahead to find out which colossal stars of past and present have earned the right to enter the Champions League 100 club, a party the likes of Petr Cech, Cristiano Ronaldo and Andrea Pirlo are still waiting to join.

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Thierry Henry
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Ashley Cole
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